Bill Apelian / The Linden Wood StudioAt the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina, Bill Apelian creates heirlooms in wood. Using traditional tools—handsaws,...
Chris Van Dyke
Van Dyke Jewelry and Fine Craft
When I put my energy into creating a piece of jewelry, I strive to find the balance between beauty and durability. I feel that all of my mountings should withstand the rigors of daily wear and the fickleness of changing fashions.
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When a person purchases a fine piece of jewelry they are making an investment in the future. The expectaion that the piece can be worn daily for years is the standard I set for myself. Most of my gold mountings are layered with a blend of white and yellow gold, giving them a pleasing depth and contrast. I also make my silver pieces to the same exacting standards but with larger and bolder gemstones. The layering and sheer amount of material used contributes to the durability of the creation. When choosing gemstones for a mounting, quality is always at the forefront of the screening process. The striking colors and high quality gemstones I use marshals the mounting into an exceptional piece which inspires pride in myself and, hopefully, the wearer. I am a second generation craftsman and am influenced heavily by the strong family tradition to make every mounting "true." I love what I do and hope that it shows. If you find a piece that you cannot live without I hope you anjoy wearing it as much as I enjoyed making it. Thanks! Chris Van Dyke